Schedule 4 Factors for deciding the public interest
OIC note: The public interest balancing test is explained in the Annotation to section 47(3)(b) of the RTI Act. Specifically, for more detailed information about how the public interest test has been applied in particular contexts or in relation to particular documents, please see the ‘Public interest test applied - contexts’ part of that Annotation. In addition, the ‘Public interest test applied - factors’ part of that Annotation provides links to decisions which have considered particular public interest factors listed in schedule 4, as well as links to FOI Act Annotations where FOI Act provisions operated in a similar way to the current RTI Act public interest factors.
Access to a document may be refused to the extent the document comprises information the disclosure of which would, on balance, be contrary to the public interest under section 49—see section 47(3)(b).
- Part 1 Factors irrelevant to deciding the public interest
- Part 2 Factors favouring disclosure in the public interest
- Part 3 Factors favouring nondisclosure in the public interest
- Part 4 Factors favouring nondisclosure in the public interest because of public interest harm in disclosure